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Otamendi at 28: The day he was born...

A summer arrival from Valencia, Tiffany topped the charts with ‘I think we’re alone now’ when Nicolas Otamendi was born in Buenos Aries, Argentina, on 12 February 1988.

So – depending on your age – what do you remember about life in the UK in 1988?

We run the rule over City, English football and popular culture on and around the day he was born…

Famous Birthdays

Otamendi shares his birthday with American singer and producer Mike Posner (pictured), who is best known for his 2010 hit ‘Cooler Than Me’.

Other sportsmen to share the birth date of 12 February include Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Patrick Herrmann (1991) and former Rugby League star and now Widnes Vikings Assistant Coach Brett Hodgson (1970)

In the entertainment world, American rapper Gucci Mane (1980) and television host Gethin Jones (1978) are two of the notable names to be born on 12 February.


City played the day after Nicolas was born, taking on Bournemouth in the old Division Two at Maine Road.

Paul Stewart and Imre Varadi grabbed the goals on the 13 February 1988 to secure the three points against the Cherries in front of just over 16,000 spectators.

The starting XI that day was: Stowell, Gidman, Hinchcliffe, McNab, Lake, Redmond, White, Stewart, Varadi, Scott, Simpson.

The 1987/88 season was a mixed one for City fans. Along with the ninth place finish in Division Two, City reached the Quarter Finals of both the League and FA Cup. The Blues exited both competitions to Merseyside clubs, losing at the hands of Everton in the League Cup and Liverpool in the FA Cup.

City were a goal away from matching their widest margin of victory in November 1987. Paul Stewart, David White and Tony Adcock all scored hat tricks as the Blues thrashed Huddersfield Town 10-1 at Maine Road – nearly matching the record victory margin of 10-0 against Darwen in 1899.

League Champions

Liverpool won the First Division title with a comfortable nine-point margin and the impressive stat of losing just twice all season. Two new signings proved to be catalysts for the Anfield-based club’s success – winger John Barnes and forward Peter Beardsley.

John Aldridge scored 26 league goals to show that Liverpool could cope without leading striker Ian Rush, who had departed to Juventus the previous summer.

Sir Alex Ferguson led Manchester United to second in his first full season in charge while Nottingham Forest enjoyed their best season for four years as they finished third.

Oxford United’s three year stay in the First Division came to an end as they finished bottom of the pile, and they were joined in the Second Division in 1988/89 by Watford, Porstmouth and Chelsea.

In the cups, Ray Harford’s Luton Town picked up their first major trophy in their history by beating Arsenal 3-2 in the League Cup final.

And finally, Wimbledon caused one of the biggest upsets of the 20th century by defeating champions Liverpool in the FA Cup final. Lawrie Sanchez headed the only goal of the game from a Dennis Wise free kick, while Dave Beasant became the first player to save a penalty in an FA Cup final.

Top 5 songs in the UK in the week

1. I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany

2. I Should Be So Lucky – Kylie Minogue

3. When Will I Be Famous? – Bros

4. Tell It To My Heart – Taylor Dayne

5. Candle In The Wind (Live) – Elton John

The UK in 1988

The year started with Comic Relief organising the first ever Red Nose Day on 7 February, which raised £15million for charity. The event is still going now and is about to enter its 28th year.

The £1 note was withdrawn in March 1988 after being in circulation for 11 years. The £1 coin, which was introduced in 1983, replaced it for many reasons – one of which was that it lasted far longer than the note.

England headed to the European Championships in West Germany as one of the pre-tournament favourites, but they suffered a surprise loss in the opening game against Republic of Ireland.

Further defeats in the Group Stage to the Soviet Union and the Netherlands condemned the Three Lions to an early exit, the second time they had been eliminated at that stage after suffering a similar fate in 1980.

In December, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway killing a total of 270 people – 11 on the ground and all 259 who were on board. It is believed that the cause of the explosion was a terrorist bomb.

Stats in 1988

Number 1 Box Office film of year

Rain Man

UK transfer record in year

Ian Rush - £3.2million (Liverpool to Juventus)

World transfer record in year

Ruud Gullit - £6million (PSV to AC Milan)

Prices in year

City programme: 70p

First class stamp: 19p

Pint of milk: 23p

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